Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month kicks off
The Office of Multicultural Affairs team has helped organized a variety of events as part of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month at The University of Texas at Arlington.
The celebration runs through October 15 and commemorates the achievements and influence of Hispanic Americans in the United States. Students, faculty and staff can benefit from a variety of learning opportunities and celebrate the rich diversity found at UT Arlington. Highlights include:
- Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff is Sept. 16 in Brazos Park from 5-6:30 p.m. Meet with student organizations and enjoy Latin cuisine, interactive dance lessons, games and giveaways.
- Stick around Brazos Park after the kickoff for a showing of the musical film In the Heights at 8:30 p.m. EXCEL Campus Activities will host, with free popcorn and other concessions for sale.
- The Men of Distinction program, which provides mentorship and academic support to Black and Latino Males on UTA’s campus, will meet in The Commons on Sept. 17 from noon-1:30 p.m. for a discussion of Hispanic history and culture.
- From Sept. 16-24, the UTA community is invited to view the Latinx Art Gallery: Family Ties in the University Center.
- Whip up churros, Mexican hot chocolate and coffee at the Maverick Kitchen in the Central Library for Hispanic Heritage Sweets & Treats on Sept. 30 at 12:30-2:30 p.m. Registration is required.
- Join Multicultural Affairs for a Maverick Conversation on colorism in Latinx communities, Oct. 14 from noon-1 p.m. in the Red River Room at the University Center.
Harold Brown, assistant director in UTA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, said heritage month events show a commitment to an inclusive campus environment and offer an affirming presence for Mavericks from marginalized backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Pieces of Our Family,” or “Pedazos De Nuestra Familia.”
“The theme encompasses our desire for students to gain a deeper understanding about the diverse ways family is portrayed within Latin cultures and will expose aspects of Latin culture that are seldom discussed,” Brown said.